U.S. President George Bush is meeting with finance officials from the world's
top economic powers at the White House Saturday to discuss the financial crisis
that has sent stock indexes plunging around the world.
The heads of
international finance institutions will be joining the G7 finance ministers at
Following talks in Washington Friday, finance
ministers and central bankers from the G7 nations, the United States, Japan,
Britain, Germany, France, Canada and Italy, pledged to take decisive action and
use all available tools to support important financial institutions and prevent
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the group
agreed on the need to restore the availability of credit, to help banks raise
money from public and private sources, and to beef up bank deposit
Paulson said the agreement among the G7 officials should raise
the confidence of people concerned about the condition of financial markets
around the world.
Paulson also said the U.S. government will move ahead
with a plan to buy stock in financial institutions.
After a day of wild
swings, U.S. stocks posted mixed results by the close of trading Friday.
European stock market indexes were down seven percent or more, while Japan's
Nikkei index lost nearly 10 percent.
On Sunday, European leaders are to
gather in Paris to draw up a joint plan to cope with the financial crisis.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and